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As you start hiking for pants you are wearing base layer briefs and the DriClime pants. You are hiking, but start to get cold, so you add the Ibex pant, then you reach the ridge line (Presidential...

In Gear Lists » Winter Mountaineering Clothing for the Northeast
November 15, 7:52pm

hats off
Hats off to the Bora Bora Boonie Bomber Hat Man. What material did you make those homemade pants out of and did you add pockets? Did you find a pattern or just go by your own seat-of-the-pants de...

In Gear Lists » Advice on my Clothing List.
November 15, 7:11pm

gear: 2-tshirts, low cut socks
Sleeping in what you wear is fine unless you have been hiking in the rain and what you have been wearing is soaked. I used to carry just two pairs of socks, one of which was always kept dry by jus...

In Gear Lists » Advice on my Clothing List.
November 15, 7:02pm

layering is key
Look for alternatives to the fleece which is bulky to carry. (Marmot DriClime) I like esbit stoves, but you will need the Whisperlite to melt snow for water. Tarp tents are great, but you do not ...

In Winter Hiking » Newbie Winter AT Hiking Gear List
November 14, 8:35am

filling a down filled mattress
Is it dificult to fill those mattresses? Do you have to carry a pump? I heard that just blowing your breath into them will moisten the down.

In Winter Hiking » down air mattress
November 14, 8:14am

warm shells
Doesn't the Bozeman Mt. Works, FeatherLite Vapor Mitts accomplish the same thing, waterproofness and warmth, or is does the breathability of eVent make an important difference?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Check This Out!
November 14, 7:43am

sewing patterns
Rather than material, I would like to see sewing patterns. Someone on another thread posted about what he did with 5yds. of cloth. He gave dimensions for his tarp, pack, and bags that he made. S...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Materials
November 14, 7:22am

Just to jump in before Vick answers more completely. I believe in US, a "down" product has to have at least 30% down. Down has no quills or spine. An 800 fill product should have far more down t...

In Make Your Own Gear » down compressibility
November 14, 7:06am

reed add-on
I think I learned at this website to add a 16" opening up the seam from the bottom so that the pant can be put on over your footwear (Vitesse). Also, I do not think you will have to go 8 hours wit...

In Gear Lists » One day 33 mi NH Pemi Traverse gear oppinions?
November 13, 7:49pm

layering the quilt
Why not just lay the quilt over your bag maybe use some thin webbing or elastic webbing to hold it in place. Warmlite uses a zipper system to hold the lighter weights ontop, rather than stufffing ...

In Make Your Own Gear » down compressibility
November 13, 10:47am

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm